Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Right from salads to desserts, a host/hostess has to think of everything that falls in between while planning a homely Christmas party. When the entire family and close friends are coming to celebrate the holiday with you, it becomes more than mandatory to surprise them with unique, delicious food recipes. In order to make your dinner party a success, we've got some menu ideas that you can try that can inspire you to make this holiday the best one yet. So without further ado, let's get to the menu straightaway.
Dinner Made Easy
First and foremost, make the head count. Depending on the number of guests you're expecting for the party, you will have enough help while planning the dinner party in time. The second step will be to decide how many courses are you preparing. Is it going to be a 3, 4, or 7 course meal? Once you have all this figured out, then we can easily move on to the dinner ideas. And as far as the Christmas dinner menu is concerned, we've got that part covered. Even though we have given seven different set menus for your party, you can easily add and/or remove items from your menu. And now, just grab your cookbooks for the Christmas recipes and we're good to go. So, here comes the 7-course meal.
|1||Pigs in Blanket||Roasted Sweet Potato Soup||Roasted Beef and Pistachio Salad||Lemon Sorbet||Roasted Chicken w/ Basmati Rice||Australian Meat Loaf||Pumpkin Cheesecake|
|2||Sautéed Shrimp Cocktail||Cold Avocado Soup w/ Chile-Lime Pepitas||Potato Salad w/ Shallots and Vinaigrette||Pear Sorbet||Baked Lemon-Chicken w/ Mixed Vegetables||Baked Orange Ham||Pecan Pie|
|3||Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta||Carrot and Leek Soup||Chicken Waldorf Salad||Blueberry Sorbet||Agnolotti w/ Creamy Pesto Chicken||Barbecue Pork Chops||New York Style Cheesecake|
|4||Deviled Eggs||Chestnut Soup w/ Crisp Prosciutto||Crab Salad in Vinaigrette||Black Current Sorbet||Garlic and Mint Chicken w/ Cos Salad||Beef Bourguignon||Minty-frosty Cupcakes|
|5||Onion Chip Dip||Chilled Tomato, Basil and Bread Soup||Curried Chicken Salad||Honeydew Sorbet||Chicken Parmesan||Beef Goulash||Mangomisu|
|6||Orange-Glazed Chicken Wings||Parsnip and Leek Soup w/ Mustard Seeds||Chicken Macaroni Salad||Strawberry Sorbet||Waldorf Chicken||Steak Au Poivre||Bûche de Noël|
|7||Corn Fritters w/ Yogurt Dip||Ginger Scallion Egg-Drop Soup||Cabbage Ramen Noodle Salad||Lime-Mango Sorbet||Aloha Broiled Chicken||Caramelized Pork Roast||Berry Meringue Roll|
These were some ideas for you to try this year. But if you are leaning more towards a traditional dinner, then I won't argue with that. We have a huge list of traditional Christmas recipes which you can prepare to make the party ever so wonderful. But to come to think of it, what does a traditional dinner for Christmas have? Let's find out.
Traditional Ideas for Dinner
We know that turkey is the traditional dish during Thanksgiving, Christmas has its own traditional dish. It's ham. Whether you decide to buy a pre-cooked, ready-to-serve ham or make the ham recipe yourself, don't forget to serve it as the main course dish. Besides the succulent ham, we will see what else is included in this traditional dinner.
- Besides the ham, the main dish can also include roast turkey, pork, or beef with stuffing and/or dressing.
- As side dishes, squash, mashed potatoes, and green beans are very common.
- And for dessert, the popular choices are sugar cookies, pumpkin pie, marzipan, Bûche de Noël, apple pie, and of course, the carrot cake.